Anderson Silva is now a citizen of the United States.
Silva’s son Kalyl and daughter Kaory also became U.S. citizens in the ceremony. Silva’s wife, Dayane, and their children Joao, Gabriel and Kauana are still going through the naturalization process.
Silva told AP this is “a great moment” for the family. The 44-year-old veteran, who lives in Los Angeles for a decade, said “everything USA (gave) for us, it’s time to give back, you know.”
Silva’s son, Gabriel, recently made his debut in amateur muay thai with a second-round TKO victory. He plans on making his professional MMA debut in 2021.